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Seeds: The Ultimate Guide to Growing Sucessfully from Seed Paperback – Jan 1 2005


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An extremely comprehensive book from an author more renowned for her Gold Medal winning herb displays and organic gardening. Every group of plant is covered from the more usual annuals, perennials, shrubs and vegetables through to cacti, ferns, palms and aquatic plants. Drawing on her own experience and that of fellow nurserymen, Jekka McVicar gives a concise picture of this fascinating method of plant propagation. Attractively illustrated with the photographs of Marianne Majerus, it is a clear, straightforward guide to seed propagation. The most helpful information included is germination times, something many previous books on the subject have omitted. Many a would-be propagator has thrown away an apparently 'dead' pot of seeds only to discover them suddenly germinating wherever the compost has been turned out! Following on from the A-Z listings of the various groups of plants is the practical information on the generalities of sowing from composts, equipment to seed collection and breaking of dormancy. Unfortunately the terminology in many instances appears to be aimed at the experienced grower rather than the novice and the repetition of the unnecessary 'substrate' as well as compost is particularly irritating. However, as Jekka McVicar says in her introduction, seed growing is a return to nature, the wonders of an emergent shoot never failing to astonish and amaze the sower. What better way to introduce a child to gardening than with a packet of calendula or nasturtium, easily grown and guaranteed to succeed, making an impression which may last a lifetime? This is one of the most in-depth guides to seed propagation recently published and will be an invaluable reference tool for gardeners for many years to come. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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JEKKA MCVICAR has been growing herbs for over twenty years and owns a successful herb farm. She is an expert in her field, having won thirty-two Royal Horticultural Society gold medals since 1992. She is the author of "Jekka's Complete Herb Book," which has sold over a quarter million copies, and "Good Enough to Eat." MARIANNE MAJERUS specializes in garden photography and regularly contributes to magazines and newspapers, including "Elle Decoration, Gardens Illustrated, " and the "Sunday Times."

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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
From ferns and herbs to annuals Dec 13 2003
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This thoroughly "user friendly" guide to growing successfully from seed covers a range of gardening concerns; from the season best to sow seeds to the resulting plant. Organized by type of plant, from ferns and herbs to annuals, this provides an in-depth coverage on the particular seed-starting needs of different species. Gardeners who regularly grow from seed may know all too well the challenges involved; this handbook will solve many a problem.
0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
No instructions Aug. 13 2008
By Joe Hartley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is just a list of plants with no instructions on how to grow them.


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